WARMINSTER, PA -- Cayden Primeau is the most prolific Philadelphia Revolution alumni and now, his story continues as the soon-to-be 20 year old gets ready for his first professional season.
Primeau played for the Revolution’s EHL team in 2015-16 before turning his 1.86 goals against average and 0.951 save percentage into a spot in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars. He spent one year with the Stars before enrolling at Northeastern University in 2017-18.
In two years at Northeastern, Primeau started 70 games, held a 2.00 goals against average, and posted a 0.932 save percentage. He led the Huskies to back-to-back Beanpot Championships, consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, and the 2019 Hockey East Tournament Championship. He was one of the best, most consistent goaltenders in the country during his two-year college career and was rewarded for his play by being named the 2019 Mike Richter Award winner, which honors the top goalie in the country.
Primeau and Northeastern were defeated by Cornell in the NCAA Tournament, a definite blow for a team that had Frozen Four aspirations, but Primeau did not dwell too long on the loss as he met with his family and his advisor to evaluate his next steps. The decision, in the end, was pretty simple. Aside from winning a national championship, he had accomplished all there was for him to accomplish at the college level. So here was the former 7th round pick, signing his entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.
Primeau used his time at the Canadiens’ development camps in 2017 and 2018 to expand his hockey horizons and hone his craft, taking what he learned into each collegiate season. His third development camp was a tad different since it was his first as a pro. It was also shortly after he participated as part of Team USA during the IIHF World Hockey Championships. He didn’t see ice time during games, but the practices, with goalies Cory Schneider and Thatcher Demko, proved to give him valuable insight.
“It was awesome. Being around that kind of talent and that caliber of play was huge,” Primeau told Canadiens.com. “I was just trying to take in as much as possible from watching them – how they carry themselves on and off the ice. I had always been around hockey and NHL players, but I’ve never really been around NHL goalies. So I tried to take in as much as I could from them.”
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